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Latics vs. Bristol Rovers

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 28

7 February 2022

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Match Previews

Latics vs. Bristol Rovers

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 28

7 February 2022

Latics are back in action tomorrow night as they face Bristol Rovers at Boundary Park in Sky Bet League Two (7:45pm KO).

John Sheridan’s men will be boosted by the win over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park and will be hoping to make it consecutive victories this time around.


Substitute Junior Luamba had a winning impact, supplying the smart finish to score the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute.

Form Guide

Bristol Rovers come into this game on a good run of form in the league.

Unbeaten in their previous six league meetings in a sequence that has yielded four wins and two draws.

This is a run that was preserved by a late Anthony Evans spot-kick to earn a point away at the high-flying Sutton United.

Rovers are mid-table in League Two, occupying 13th place currently but they do have games in hand on most of their immediate rivals which could see their standings look more appealing.

Elsewhere, they recently saw their Emirates FA Cup journey come to an end as they lost out 2-1 to League One outfit Peterborough United in the Third Round of the competition a month ago.

The Gas’ Last Six:

  1. Sutton United 1-1 Bristol Rovers
  2. Bristol Rovers 1-0 Walsall
  3. Scunthorpe United 2-3 Bristol Rovers
  4. Swindon Town 1-1 Bristol Rovers
  5. Bristol Rovers 2-0 Hartlepool United
  6. Peterborough United 2-1 Bristol Rovers (FA Cup 3rd round)


Meetings: 61

Latics wins: 20
Bristol Rovers wins: 26
Draws: 15

In the third game of the current season, the two sides met at the Memorial Stadium.

The game was decided by a headed Harvey Saunders effort that saw Latics leave empty-handed and still pointless in League Two.

Prior to that, you have to go back to the 2017/18 season for the last time the two clubs met where Oldham picked up four points from the available six.

At Boundary Park, a Craig Davies equaliser earned Latics a point whilst goals from Jack Byrne, Davies, and Eoin Doyle saw them claim a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture.

Watch Out For

The signing of highly-rated youngster Elliot Anderson on loan from Newcastle United looks to be a real coup for Rovers.

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There has been plenty of interest in acquiring the services of Anderson including some from sides in higher divisions.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has been on the periphery of the Magpies’ squad for a little time now and the move will see him gain first-team action.

To date, he has played twice for Newcastle, both at the Emirates against Arsenal. The first was an FA Cup tie before he later made his Premier League debut.

Appearing for the first time for Rovers in the 1-1 draw at Sutton, Anderson impressed and contributed to his side taking a point from the game.

Born in the North East of England, Anderson also has Scottish heritage and has lined up for youth sides of both the England and Scotland national teams at various age groups.

In The Dugout

Joey Barton is the man in the dugout for the visitors.

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He's enjoying his second job in football management since his retirement, but he was unable to prevent Rovers’ relegation last season from League One.

His other posting came with Fleetwood Town in the third tier of English football.

The Merseyside-born manager also has a distinguished playing career that saw him play for Manchester City, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers, Marseille, Burnley, and Rangers.

He can also boast a solitary England cap to his name, which he picked up from the bench in a 1-0 defeat to Spain back in 2007.

Match Officials

The official in the middle for the game is Scott Oldham.

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Oldham last officiated a Latics game in August 2021 for the Carabao Cup victory against Tranmere Rovers at Boundary Park. On that day, he handed out two yellow cards and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of 24 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 72 yellow cards and two red cards.

Oldham will be assisted by Mark Cunliffe and David Hunt, with Ian Smedley as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

In form, Rovers are unsurprisingly favourites to win the game and are 13/10 to come away from Boundary Park with maximum points.

Latics on the other hand are 2/1 to make it back-to-back league victories.

9/4 is the price on offer for the game to end in a draw.

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How To Follow The Game

Live match action on the £10 'match pass' is available on iFollow Latics in the UK and overseas for supporters who can't attend in person, with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown talking you through the match action.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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